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History of the House

This historic house on King Street was built by Dr. John Walter Jones in 1908 for his family
. Dr. Jones, originally from Alleghany County, was one of the first doctors in the area and his wife, Mattie Blackburn Jones, was the daughter of Manley Blackburn, a prominent Boone merchant and active community member.  Dr. Jones was active in the practice of medicine from the early 1900’s until his death in 1925.
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The Jones had two children; John Walter Jr., who died in 1938 while serving in the Marines, and Mazie Jean Jones Levenson, who resided in Winston Salem, N.C. until her death in March of 2013 at the age of 99. Mrs. Mattie Jones lived in the house until 1975 and died in October, 1978 at the age of ninety-five.

Dr. Jones bought the land from the Councill family.  It originally included the area where
Blue Ridge Legal Services, Mast Store, and High Country News are presently located.

This home was typical of the houses of this period with large windows and rooms, high ceilings,  and a front and back porch.  The entrance hall and parlor were paneled in pine with tongue-and-groove construction for the ceilings.  Wainscoting of chestnut was used in the entrance hall and dining room, part of which is now serving as a public art gallery.

During Mazie Jones Levenson's visit in June 2005, some additional information was shared about her family.  Her brother "Jay" Jones, Jr. was a well-known wrestler. He was a Marine and was killed in WWII.  Their father died when Mazie was 10 and her brother was 8. Her mother took in boarders and worked at Belk's Dept. Store (across the street) to make ends meet.

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Check out the Jones Family Album
 
 
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